Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
For nearly 24 years Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has existed to share Aboriginal stories through the creation, development & presentation of contemporary Aboriginal theatre and performance. We tour our works to metropolitan as well as regional & remote communities, where we provide the opportunity for audiences to experience Aboriginal culture through our theatre & workshop programs, with an emphasis that focuses on the importance that Indigenous culture plays within the contemporary Australian arts landscape. Yirra Yaakin has commissioned and premiered over 50 new theatre works over the past 24 years, including Festival presentations such as Waltzing the Wilarra, One Day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby and Cruel Wild Woman. More recently we have co-produced The Cakeman with Belvoir, remounted King Hit, developed, produced & presented The Fever & the Fret, So Long Suckers with Bunuba Cultural Enterprises and Kaarla Kaatijin, Kep Kaatijin & Boodjar Kaatijin for our youth & family audiences. In 2017, we will be remounting Richard Frankland's powerful play, Conversations with the Dead, in recognition of the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and will be co-producing/presenting Sista Girl with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Our stories have reached 13 countries on five continents and we have won awards for our theatre, governance and partnerships, including a prestigious Sidney Myer Award for our record of facilitating Indigenous artistic programs. Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company continues to contribute to the evolution of the Australian performing arts sector by projecting a strong Aboriginal voice through live performance.